Season Eight was a particular interesting year for The Waltons. Michael Learned (Olivia) returned for twelve episodes, Ellen Corby is seen in fewer episodes as Grandma, and Robert Wightman makes his first appearance as John-Boy; replacing Richard Thomas for the rest of the series.
Despite these things, the show still retained its family values, and appeal. The season begins with World War II raging, John-Boy is missing in action, Jason is in charge of recruits, and Olivia struggles to keep up with her changing family. Erin, Elizabeth, and Mary Ellen do their best to help in the war effort, and Ben and Cindy have their first baby.
When Olivia leaves to go back to the Sanitorium, Rose--a close family member--comes to help with the needs of the family. Jason befriends a woman named Toni (his future wife), and Jim-Bob finishes flight school and heads to war as a pilot.
The following is a list of the 24 episodes of this season:
1. The Home Front (1) 2. The Home Front (2) 3. The Kinfolk 4. The Diploma 5. The Innocents 6. The Starlet 7. The Journal 8. The Lost Sheep 9. The Violated (1) 10. The Waiting (2) 11. The Silver Wings 12. The Wager 13. The Spirit 14. The Fastidious Wife 15. The Unthinkable 16. The Idol 17. The Prodigals 18. The Remembrance 19. The Inspiration 20. The Last Straw 21. The Traveling Man 22. The Furlough 23. The Medal 24. The Valediction
While it is true that by this point in the show, some of the quality was degrading. But, for a true fan, this season is a Godsend.
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